A Hunter’s Paradise

In Texas, fall means two things—football and hunting season. Hunting gives guys (and gals) a legitimate excuse to enjoy the great outdoors, get dirty, and shoot guns. Fortunately, Ochiltree County has a variety of game. If you’re looking for a little guidance getting your game, check out these local companies.

Lonestar Outfitters
Led by Ben Butler, Lonestar Outfitters offers day trips to hunt pheasant. Wild pheasant hunts are during the season, and hunts of released birds are held during the colder months, generally November through February. Lunch is provided Ben’s his wife, Jill, and the hunt also includes cleaning the birds. Hunters are free to bring along their dogs. For new clients, Ben suggests calling in August or September to schedule your hunt, but sometimes scheduling a week ahead is sufficient. The cost is $175 per person per day for wild pheasant and $200 per person per day for released pheasant.


Wolf Creek Outfitters
Providing all-inclusive stays at the Duke hunting lodge on the family’s 40,000-acre ranch in Lipscomb County, Wolf Creek Outfitters offers hunting retreats—complete with evening entertainment and singing around the campfire. Guides Brett and Cruise Duke and Phil Williams also offer one-day hunts. In 2005 and 2006, Georgia-based Realtree Outdoors filmed Brett hunting white-tailed bucks. The episodes aired on ESPN, and the DVDs are sold in Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, and Gander Mountain.

Wolf Creek Outfitters’ three-bedroom lodge includes an entertainment room with a bar and pool table. It can sleep up to seven people in separate beds, and a mobile home will be provided if more beds are needed. Trip packages include hunting; lodging; meals prepared by Brett’s wife, Micah; a five-course meal at night; a stocked bar with beer and drinks; and entertainment. Hunters only need to bring their licenses and favorite guns and ammunition.

For a quail hunt, Brett recommends booking one to two months in advance. With only eight to 10 deer bow hunts in October, it is recommended to book around a year in advance. The costs of the hunts are as follows:

Bird hunts: $500 per person per day
Antelope: $3,000 per person for three-day, two-night all-inclusive hunt (includes prairie dog and dove hunts at night)
White-tailed deer: $2,500 rifle/$3,000 bow per person for five-day all-inclusive hunt (Each hunter can shoot up to two does/bucks. There is a Boone and Crocket Trophy fee of $5,000 if a hunter shoots a buck with antlers larger than 140 inches.)

They also offer a two-day quail/pheasant hunt. As a bonus, there are good duck hunting ponds.

A 50 percent deposit is required; it is nonrefundable if canceled 30 days or fewer before the hunt. However, in certain circumstances, the deposit will roll to the next year.

Box 205
Darrouzett, Texas 79024

Flynt Farms Upland Hunting
Based in Turpin, Oklahoma, Flynt Farms is called an “Oklahoma Panhandle pheasant paradise.” Owned by Larry Flynt, the operation encompasses more than 3,400 acres of land and was recognized as Texas County’s Conservationist of the Year in 1996. They offer guided hunts for native fast-flying birds.

Although Flynt Farms is not taking any hunts this year due to the shortage of pheasant from the drought, they will welcome new hunts in the coming years.

The cost is $150 per gun per day for a minimum two-day hunt. The hunt includes the land, guide, a dog, and a lunch pack. A 50 percent deposit is required to secure a hunting date. There are no refunds on the deposit, but it can be applied to next season. The minimum number of people in a group is four, and the maximum is eight. If there are fewer than eight people, groups will be combined. Before getting to the property, the hunter must have a valid hunter’s license and a hunter safety certification if he/she was born after January 1, 1972.

Rt. 2 Box 75
Turpin, Oklahoma 73950

Open Season
Texas’ late 2012 and early 2013 open season dates are as follows:

Dove* — September 1–October 24, 2012 (north zone)
Pronghorn Antelope — September 29–October 7, 2012 (by permit only)
Mule Deer: Archery — September 29–November 2, 2012            (entire state)
White-tailed Deer: Archery — September 29–November 2, 2012 (entire state)
Rio Grande Turkey: Archery* — September 29–November 2, 2012 (entire state)
Quail* — October 27, 2012–February 24, 2013 (entire state)
Duck* — November 3–25, 2012 (north zone)
Rio Grande Turkey: Fall* — November 3, 2012–January 6, 2013 (north Texas)
White-tailed Deer: General — November 3 2012–January 6, 2013 (north Texas)
Mule Deer: General — November 17–December 2, 2012            (Panhandle)
Pheasant* — December 1–30, 2012 (Panhandle)
Duck* — December 8, 2012–January 27, 2013 (north zone)
Dove* — December 22, 2012–January 6, 2013 (north zone)
White-tailed Deer** — January 7–20, 2013 (north Texas)
Rio Grande Turkey: Spring* — March 30–May 12, 2013 (north zone)

* A game bird stamp endorsement is required.
** White-tailed deer: late antlerless and spike

An Upland Game Bird Stamp Endorsement ($7) is required to hunt turkey, pheasant, quail, and lesser prairie chicken. A Migratory Game Bird Stamp Endorsement ($7) is required to hunt any migratory game bird. Other stamp endorsements may be required. Be sure to check Texas Parks and Wildlife Department before going hunting for all the latest info and regulations.

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